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Investigation into pandemic source continues

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/01/20, 11:27 am

U.S. intelligence officials said they have ruled out the possibility that the new coronavirus was man-made, but the precise origin of the pandemic is still unknown. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence is investigating whether the outbreak “began through contact with infected animals or if it was the result of an accident at a laboratory in Wuhan, [China],” according to a statement issued on Thursday.

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Sealed borders and soft openings

International | Dealing with the ongoing pandemic at home and abroad
by Mindy Belz
Posted 4/30/20, 02:14 pm

UNITED STATES: With grim milestones reached this week—more than 60,000 Americans dead, 1 million confirmed having COVID-19, and 30 million unemployed—President Donald Trump said he will not extend federal guidelines set to expire on Thursday on limiting activity.

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Government renews crackdowns in Hong Kong

Hong Kong | Mass arrests of prominent pro-democracy figures signal China’s resumed pressure
by Erica Kwong
Posted 4/28/20, 11:03 am

With global attention focused on the coronavirus pandemic, Hong Kong authorities arrested 15 veteran pro-democracy figures April 18 for their involvement in last year’s protest movement.

Among those arrested is the founder of the Democratic Party, 81-year-old Martin Lee. Freshly released on bail, the “father of democracy” told media that after seeing so many young people arrested and prosecuted for protests, “I feel proud to finally be able to join the outstanding youth of Hong Kong to continue our path of democracy.”

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